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Plot: It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king, so Mazarin fears revolt, particularly from the popular Beaufort. Porthos, bored with riches and wanting a title, signs on, but Aramis, an abbé, and Athos, a brawler raising… Runtime: 102 min Release Date: 25 Aug 1989
Richard Lester attempts to recreate the magic of his '70s "Musketeer" films, and for the most part he succeeds, but "The Return of the Musketeers" is a bit too episodic at times and occasionally feels rushed, particularly at the end. It's fun to see the foursome back together again, though, and Jean-Pierre Cassel who played Louis XIII in the earlier films has a nice turn as a delusional Cyrano de Bergerac. Too bad this turned out to be Lester's last film not counting the Paul McCartney concert film "Get Back" .
A fine sequel to the first two movies (by hntrst)
The movie "The Revenge of the Musketeers" was a pleasant surprise since I had read the book,"Twenty Years After" by Dumas. At the end of the first book,"The Three Musketeers," D'Artagnan attained more than he had imagined, a commission as a Lieutenant in the King's Musketeers. The next book in the series,"Twenty Years After," started with our hero still only a lowly, impoverished Lieutenant after a full twenty years of service. The beauty of the film "The Revenge of the Musketeers" is in keeping the spirit of the first two movies, <more>
staying close to the original books by Dumas instead of the kiddie version ,the third movie was made with the original actors almost Twenty Years After the first was produced! I for one cannot think of another example of Hollywood staying so true to such a concept. The plot can be depressing compared to the youthful glory of the original. This, again is keeping true to the story. More a lesson in the whimsy of Royalty government or any power structure and how men are used to further their interests.
A hugely enjoyable film whose legacy is marred by a real life tragedy (by GusF)
Much like "Twilight Zone: The Movie", this film is perhaps best known for the tragic death of a well known actor during filming. In that case, it was Vic Morrow. In this case, it was the always brilliant, irrepressible and irreplaceable British character actor Roy Kinnear, who broke his pelvis after being thrown off his horse and died of a heart attack as a result. Richard Chamberlain was so angry about the producers' lack of reaction to his death that he quit the film. Richard Lester, who had cast Kinnear in numerous films before this one, was so upset by his death that he <more>
retired from filmmaking. "Superman II" was really Richard Donner's baby and "Superman III" wasn't very good - I don't think that Lester really got Superman - but I loved the "Musketeers" trilogy and "Robin and Marian". Lester's retirement, while certainly understandable, robbed the cinema of a very talented and underrated director.It's obviously very trivial in the scheme of things but his death had a significant impact on the film as his character Planchet disappears after the first 45 minutes, with the exceptions of two brief scenes with Kinnear and two others with a stand-in. Chamberlain's departure relegated Aramis to making little more than a glorified cameo. He disappears after the first half an hour and only returns in the last ten minutes of the film with no explanation for his return in the form of the usual "I changed my mind" scene in such circumstances. Prior to Kinnear's death, I imagine that the plan was for Planchet to accompany D'Artagnan, Athos and Porthos to England, where Aramis would have reunited with them.Leaving the real life tragedy aside for a moment, this is a hugely enjoyable film. It perfectly recaptures the sense of fun and good old fashioned swashbuckling adventure that was present throughout the first two films, in spite of the fact that 15 years had passed. The exploration of growing older is subtle and understated but it's definitely there, which I appreciated. The film also has a great cast. Kinnear, Chamberlain, Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, Michael York, Frank Finlay and Geraldine Chaplin all reprise their roles from the first two films and are joined by Kim Cattrall, Philippe Noiret, Alan Howard and Bill Paterson admittedly in a very small role as Charles I . C. Thomas Howell is the only weak link acting wise. Of the newcomers, Kim Cattrall, whose work I always enjoy, was the best as Justine de Winter with Noiret as Cardinal Mazarin in a close second. Jean-Pierre Cassel, who played the by now dead Louis XIII in the original films, has a lovely cameo as Cyrano de Bergerac. Another nice tribute to the earlier films is the fact that the portrait of Cardinal Richelieu, which isn't even seen in a close-up, has Charlton Heston's face. Christopher Lee is my favourite actor but I wish that he hadn't been brought back as, aside from the fact that Rochefort was impaled through the heart in "The Four Musketeers" and was clearly implied to have been killed, his role is rather small and he doesn't really contribute anything to the proceedings. Lee was wasted, frankly.